Many, many thanks to my sweet friend Carol, who blogs at Home Sweet Life, for this beautiful post! May it inspire you to set the extras aside and earnestly Seek Christ! Thank you Carol!
In the Luke 2 account of Jesus’ birth, we read of shepherds who followed the instructions given to them by angels to seek out the Christ Child. In Matthew 2 we read of the Magi (Wise Men) who followed Christ’s star to find Him, prepared to worship Him. Where are we looking to find Christ today? Are we earnestly seeking Him? Do we begin with what we know, or the instructions we’ve been given and pursue Him to know Him better? Are we prepared to offer our worship when we find Christ?
During this season of the year when many traditionally celebrate Christ’s birth, are we willing to peel back all the trappings of man that have been added over the years and Seek Christ?
The shepherds saw Christ as a newborn babe and returned to their lives glorifying and praising God for all they had seen and heard. When was the last time you left an encounter with Christ and took that Joy into your life glorifying and praising God for all you saw and heard?
The Wise Men came prepared to worship the King. They brought gifts, they stopped to ask for directions, their whole goal at this point in their lives was to find and worship Christ. They adored Him! Where is our adoration? Where are our gifts? The Wise Men saw Christ as a young child (not a baby as the shepherds had,) and yet their reaction was just as great. They worshipped the Christ Child and presented Him costly gifts.
When we find Christ today is it a random encounter, or are we earnestly seeking Him? Do we come bearing gifts, do we worship? Today we find the Risen King, something different than the shepherds or Wise Men found, yet should our response not be the same as theirs?
Give Him the costly gifts of our time, our families, our devotion, our very lives.
Today I challenge you, as well as myself, to return the focus of the season to Christ. Start each day by earnestly seeking Christ. Return to your life after each encounter full of adoration and praise for all you have seen Him do in your life and the lives of those around you. May your chief goal this season not have to do with material things, but with finding and worshipping Christ.
May the Babe in the manger, the Christ Child in the home, and the Risen King bring you peace this season. May you remember that Glorifying God is the chief end of man. May your life be forever changed by the peace and joy that can only come from Jesus Christ!
Come, let us adore Him.
He has told you, O Man, what is good;
and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
Carol and her husband Kurt make their home on the Midwest with their two High School aged daughters. You can learn more about their daughters’ Eclectic Experiential Education at Home Sweet Life.